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Unread 11-19-2007, 12:33 PM   #1
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Default Turkey Brine

Never brined a turkey before so I'm giving it a shot.

Looks like this is what I am gonna go with:

1 gallon of H20
1/2 cup K salt
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon rosemary
1 tablespoon thyme
1 tablespoon celery seeds

After brining for 24 hrs, I was gonna sprinkle it with a basic bbq rub.

Any comments or suggestions from you regular briners?
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Sounds like that will work just fine. When should I come over?
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Target serving time is 1pm.
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Never brined a turkey before so I'm giving it a shot.

Looks like this is what I am gonna go with:

1 gallon of H20
1/2 cup K salt
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon rosemary
1 tablespoon thyme
1 tablespoon celery seeds

After brining for 24 hrs, I was gonna sprinkle it with a basic bbq rub.

Any comments or suggestions from you regular briners?

I use apple juice instead of water. You can also add a little cider vinegar to the equation. However, what you have listed will do just fine!
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I use apple juice instead of water. You can also add a little cider vinegar to the equation. However, what you have listed will do just fine!
Agreed with the apple juice, you can also use OJ...
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I use bourbon in the water... and 3/4 cup of kosher salt per gallon.
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From a previous post:

My standard brine is 1 cup (Diamond, a little less if Morton's) kosher salt and 1 cup brown sugar to each gallon of water. I had issues with chicken being too salty so I cut back on the salt. That didn't work out so well though and after receiving some friendly advice, I bumped it back up. My problem was that the brine wasn't cold enough to start out with. I had just mixed it up with cold tap water, threw in the chicken and put the whole thing in the fridge. Make sure it's cold, cold, cold (with ice) and be sure to rinse when you're done and you should be OK.
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My standard brine is 1 cup (Diamond, a little less if Morton's) kosher salt and 1 cup brown sugar to each gallon of water. I had issues with chicken being too salty so I cut back on the salt. That didn't work out so well though and after receiving some friendly advice, I bumped it back up. My problem was that the brine wasn't cold enough to start out with. I had just mixed it up with cold tap water, threw in the chicken and put the whole thing in the fridge. Make sure it's cold, cold, cold (with ice) and be sure to rinse when you're done and you should be OK.
I agree on the cold! I use my cooler and dump a 10 bag of ice in. Other than that I have seen many things added in and haven't found anything bad yet. Oranges/apples/vegetable stock/molasses/beer. I have found ~ 24 hours is a good target. Some folks have gone twice as long by putting a frozen turkey in. BTW, make sure you use a fresh turkey and not one that has already been brined (Butterball). I injected one last Thanksgiving and brined one and still prefer the brined. You can get a way with cooking it a little long and it still stays moist.
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I just bought my first Fresh turkey ever.

But this one is destined for the fryer.

So I am assuming that brining is something I do NOT want to do with one destined for the fryer?

(Just thinking of adding a additionally watered bird to oil is not a good thing, or does the seared skin keep that moisture in?)
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I just bought my first Fresh turkey ever.

But this one is destined for the fryer.

So I am assuming that brining is something I do NOT want to do with one destined for the fryer?

(Just thinking of adding a additionally watered bird to oil is not a good thing, or does the seared skin keep that moisture in?)
I have deep fried butterballs (brined) and haven't had any problems. It is only excess moisture on the OUTSIDE of the bird that is a problem
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I don't bother brining for the fryer anymore. Read a lot of posts on this site saying the same thing. I've tried it off and on over the years and has never really made a difference. Everyone says

Inject for the fryer (if you want flavor)
Brine for the smoker
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What is the suggested brine time?
12# bird.
24 hours and then let the bird dry for a few was my plan. What do you bird-burners think?
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I don't bother brining for the fryer anymore. Read a lot of posts on this site saying the same thing. I've tried it off and on over the years and has never really made a difference. Everyone says

Inject for the fryer (if you want flavor)
Brine for the smoker
Anyone have a good injection for a bird in the fryer?

I'm thinking of apple cider, chicken broth, butter and some kind of rub mixed in.

Any suggestions?

There has to be a TON of injections out there.

What do you use?
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Anyone have a good injection for a bird in the fryer?
I smoked on last year injected with a cup of melted butter mixed with a cup of Jim Beam Black. Turned out pretty good.
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Anyone have a good injection for a bird in the fryer?

I'm thinking of apple cider, chicken broth, butter and some kind of rub mixed in.

Any suggestions?

There has to be a TON of injections out there.

What do you use?
In the past I've done a mixture of low sodium chicken stock along with a healthy amount of unsalted butter. A nice amount of S&P plus other spices to taste doesn't hurt either.

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What is the suggested brine time?
12# bird.
24 hours and then let the bird dry for a few was my plan. What do you bird-burners think?
I'm going to do 6 hours in the brine and 8 hours air drying in the fridge in order to get crispy skin.
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